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Amazon has launched a “Kindle First” program for all Prime members. You can choose one selected book a month to read for free, one month in advance of the release date. I believe that this is dedicated to the Amazon published books.

This months’s romance release is “No Place for a Dame” by Connie Brockway. I have to say while the promotion is great, the covers and cover copy for the story is pretty bad. But hey, it’s free. Link to Kindle First

Janine also mentioned this freebie in the comments section yesterday: Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Cafe: Breakfast Served All Day (Mollie Katzen’s Classic Cooking)

The Hollow Man A Novel By Oliver HarrisThe Hollow Man by Oliver Harris. $ 1.99 at AMZ | Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

“A twisting spiral of lies and corruption, a pitch-perfect portrait of contemporary London, and a beguiling bastard of a hero—what a recipe for a great read.”
—Val McDermid, author of The Mermaids Singing

Describing London police detective Nick Belsey, hero of The Hollow Man, an enthrallingly original thriller from British crime novelist Oliver Harris—the Daily Mail declared, “He’s got to be London’s coolest cop.” Crime fiction fans are sure to agree, especially those hooked on the novels of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham, and Jo Nesbø. The first book in a series of tense and twisting police procedurals, The Hollow Man starts with Belsey at rock bottom, and then embroils him in a brazen identity theft scam and possible murder that could leave him either wealthy or dead. It’s time to discover Oliver Harris, a new master of noir who’s destined to be a big man at the scene of the crime.

Kobo doesn’t do much discounting, preferring to rely on coupons to drive customers to its site. Of course, the period during which we could use coupons on any book was all too short. That said, Kobo is running a $1.99 sale on a few thriller books until November 4, 2013.

As for the book “Searing. . . . Readers should be prepared for a mind-bending resolution that hurtles down as remorselessly as an avalanche.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

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Sempre by J.M. DarhowerSempre by J.M. Darhower. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A sexy novel about two seventeen-year-olds—one a victim of human trafficking; the other the son of the man who enslaved her—who fall in love and question everything they ever believed…

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess.

Now, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.

In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that began before either of them were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price—especially not freedom. But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

This was a former Twific, pulled to publish, and then picked up by Siimon & Schuster. There is another book releasing in December featuring the same characters. The author is well known in the fandom for killing off main characters so I guess, buyer beware.

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Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc. Series #4) by Julie Ann WalkerThrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

“A first-rate thrill ride.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

HE’S GONE ROGUE

Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren’t sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run…

SHE WON’T BACK DOWN

Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn’t counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight…

I never made it to this book in the series. The second book in the series was my favorite. Maybe it’s time to give Black Knights Inc another shot.

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Blindness by José SaramagoBlindness by José Saramago. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Overview

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears-through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses-and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Library Journal
To describe as allegory this story of unnamed characters in an unnamed city who are struggling with an undiagnosed epidemic of “white blindness” is both too simple and too complex. Beyond any emblematic purpose, the characters act out life with all its paradoxes and hidden truths. Ultimately, the greater meaning here is the simple story of human frailty and community in the modern world. In searing prose, both complex and minimal, all this and nothing more is revealed. No wonder Saramago won the Nobel prize this year. (LJ 8/98)

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

5 Comments

  1. Rosie
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 10:30:20

    I snatched up the Connie Brockway book. I had been planning to “rent” it from the Kindle library next month, but now I own it for free, so can’t beat that. I agree the cover is horrible. But I’m hoping I like Giles’ story. Her books are so hit or miss for me. When I like them, I love them. When I don’t, I really don’t. There’s not really a middle ground.

  2. jules
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 10:42:31

    I used the coupon code EBOOK30 at Kobo for an additional 30% off the Julie Ann Walker title. I’m willing to try to new author for $.69.

  3. Monique
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 10:42:59

    Grab Blindness NOW. It’s an extraordinary book !

  4. Tanya
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 16:49:56

    Mkay, I am picking up the Brockway since I just got All Through The Night to reread, and this is the “sequel,” apparently. I agree, when she’s good she’s very good, but when she’s not….meh.

  5. Nonnykins
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 07:38:49

    There’s a 30% rebate on any book that qualifies for their buy-10-get-1-for-free thingy at ARE today.

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